Designed for the professional programmer, the book is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. It also includes detailed information on the Python library and many advanced subjects that is not available in either the official Python documentation or any other single reference source.
Thoroughly updated to reflect the significant new programming language features and library modules that have been introduced in Python 2.6 and Python 3, the fourth edition ofPython Essential Referenceis the definitive guide for programmers who need to modernize existing Python code or who are planning an eventual migration to Python 3. Programmers starting a new Python project will find detailed coverage of contemporary Python programming idioms.
This fourth edition ofPython Essential Referencefeatures numerous improvements, additions, and updates:
David M. Beazley has been programming Python since 1996. While working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he helped pioneer the use of Python with scientific computing software. Through his company, Dabeaz LLC, he provides software development, training, and consulting related to the practical use of dynamic programming languages such as Python, Ruby, and Perl, especially in systems programming. He is author of all previous editions of Python Essential Reference, and was contributing author of Steve Holden’s Python Web Programming. He is a member of the Python Software Foundation.
I was very disappointed to find how useless the kindle version of this book is. What I read was well-written, and I am quite sure I would have gotten a lot out of this book, had I... Read morePublished 11 days ago by AudreyJean
kindle edition has the usual problem: code examples that are small that dont resize.Published 1 month ago by anonymous
This is a reference, not a book that will teach you how to program. The font is a little small and the pages a little thin, but then again, that makes it easier to carry around... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Medium Iced Mocha
I first learned Python with his edition for version 1.5 and his reference guides have been my standard ever since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Russell
Very comprehensive coverage of Python core and standard libraries, as one would expect of such a title. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Conrad Leonard
David Beazley's book is great. It's very well written and easy to understand. It's more a reference than a tutorial, but a patient reader could also use it effectively as a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randy Brown
This book was great to have while I was beginning to learn Python, as well as when I had become fairly proficient. The content is organized well and is very concise. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. T. Buchanan
The book content is superb as all other reviews say.
One thing I'd like to warn: the font size is the smallest of all the programming books I've read. Read more
There appears to be a lot of good info that I haven't seen on the web (without extensive research). One of the things I do like about books is the handy, quick reference. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rory Derrick